The Anoka-Hennepin School District in Michele Bachmann’s district has come under intense media scrutiny after critics linked the school’s “neutrality policy” for discussing LGBT issues with four student suicides believed to stem from anti-queer bullying. The school district’s response? Throwing up an LGBT page on their website re-affirming their love of queer kiddos.
To the school’s credit, the page includes info on identifying and reporting bullying, but it seems that what teachers and parents really need to know is how to deal with LGBT issues in the classroom and how parents can do the same in a manner that is ” age-appropriate, factual, and pertinent to the relevant curriculum” as per the “neutrality policy.”
Though all this ultimately raises the question of whether one can or should maintain “neutrality” when it comes to discussing a discriminated-against political minority.